Egremont loses 10th policeman in last two years

Egremont loses 10th policeman in last two years

EGREMONT — Tyler Race, a part-time police officer and former Egremont Police Chief, submitted a one-sentence resignation letter to the select board last month. Race had been on personal leave since December. “Please be advised I will not be returning from my leave of absence, subsequently constituting my resignation in accordance with the Egremont Personnel […]

South County Fire Departments struggle to find new volunteers

WEST STOCKBRIDGE — In his 37 years with the West Stockbridge Fire Department, Fire Chief Peter Skorput has watched the flow of new volunteers slow to a trickle. “It just keeps getting worse,” he said. “I probably noticed that about seven years ago, we started getting to a crisis point.” In Monterey, Fire Chief Shawn […]

Southern school district loses ‘rural’ designation and $70,000 in state aid

Southern school district loses ‘rural’ designation and $70,000 in state aid

SHEFFIELD — School committee members worried that the Southern Berkshire Regional School District had “fallen through the cracks” after a change to the way the state calculates aid for rural districts left the SBRSD without a portion of their expected aid package for FY19. “They’ve made some adjustments to the formula, possibly favoring urban districts, […]

Lightning strike likely cause of outage in Barrington, Sheffield

Lightning strike likely cause of outage in Barrington, Sheffield

By Hannah Shirley GREAT BARRINGTON— A power line fire on Route 41 between Division St. and Sheffield caused power loss to 677 Sheffield customers at 7:42 p.m. Thursday night. The fire was likely the result of damage caused by a lightning strike made worse by water leaking into a power transmitter. Great Barrington Fire Chief […]

Officials are hoping that Egremont School can reopen this month

Officials are hoping that Egremont School can reopen this month

EGREMONT — The Southern Berkshire Regional School District and the town of Egremont have reached an agreement to begin the process to re-open the South Egremont School, which has been plagued by concerns of lead paint since last summer. As part of the Jan. 15 agreement, the district will pay to have the interior of […]

Lenox ZBA tells 8 innkeepers rentals appeal missed deadline

Lenox ZBA tells 8 innkeepers rentals appeal missed deadline

LENOX — Eight innkeepers hoping the Zoning Board of Appeals would crack down on short-term rentals will have to begin the appeals process over after the board unanimously agreed their initial appeal had not been filed within the appropriate amount of time. Attorney Jeffrey Lynch, who represents the innkeepers, argued that the town has allowed […]

When two local therapists quit, Fairview’s picked up the slack

When two local therapists quit, Fairview’s picked up the slack

GREAT BARRINGTON— After two local physical therapy offices closed in 2018, Fairview Hospital’s Outpatient Physical Therapy office seems to be picking up the slack — but as demand for physical therapy grows in Berkshire County and supply at times struggles to keep up, Fairview’s Executive Vice-President Anthony Reinaldi said the explanation isn’t so cut and […]

Egremont chief opts for open disciplinary hearing before board

Egremont chief opts for open disciplinary hearing before board

EGREMONT — Police Chief Erik Josephson will appear before the select board in an open disciplinary hearing at 7 p.m. Jan. 24. Josephson confirmed he decided the hearing would be open rather than a closed executive session, but declined to comment further and directed inquiries to his attorney, who could not be reached at press […]

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